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Perhaps the true limitation is the ego, the perception of separateness. I recently watched a video of the men's 4x400 relay at the '68 Games and the American team was so far ahead of the field that I saw only a man running, not against other men, but against the clock, against time, but not just a man, it was four men running as one and their baton exchanges were flawless, not one looked back, he started his leg and trusted his team mate to reach to his outstretched hand. The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. I felt an expression of the deepest longing of the feel a 'part of' a greater whole. Even the 'political' demonstration from the victory stand was the voice of an entire people crying out silently through two men, and they paid a heavy price for giving expression to that voice. The ritual of the opening ceremony might serve us as a time of preparation, like the athlete prepares for the event, and the closing ceremony as a pause of reflection and thanksgiving, so that we might carry with us some spark of fellowship as we return to 'the world'.
It is a spiritual axiom that what I turn my attention to, increases. If I don't seek to find the ritual, ..... gee, I thought those NBC cameras were gonna get right up the American men gymnast's ___es! What about showing a little respect? No, the sponsors... You see what I mean, Adam? If I rode to work with you every day, what would you rather have me paying attention to?